'Gay' elephant angers Polish politician

Posted on 10 Apr 2009 at 10:55am

A Polish politician is angry at his local zoo for acquiring a “gay” elephant named Ninio, who prefers male companions and will probably not procreate.

“We didn’t pay 37 million zlotys [almost $12 mil] for the largest elephant house in Europe to have a gay elephant live there,” said Michal Grzes, a conservative councillor in the city of Poznan in western Poland. “We were supposed to have a herd, but as Ninio prefers male friends over females how will he produce offspring?”

The head of the Poznan zoo said 10-year-old Ninio may be too young to decide whether he prefers males or females as elephants only reach sexual maturity at 14.

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